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Turn Your House Into an Energy Star

Turn Your House Into an Energy Star
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1. Effective Insulation

[What you can do]

Reduce heat loss through the roof by making sure you have 10-14 inches of insulation (fiberglass, rigid foam, or cellulose) in your attic. Distribute insulation evenly so there are no low spots along the eaves and floor joists are covered.

[What our featured homeowners did]

Used a self-hardening, spray-in-place polyurethane foam insulation that offers the industry’s highest insulating factor.

2. High-Performance Windows

[What you can do]

Windows are where most homes lose heat. Replace single-pane windows with double-pane glass, insulate weight pockets (where weights and pulleys are), weatherstrip the perimeter of the sash, and make sure all sash locks work.

[What our featured homeowners did]

Chose the Marvin Ultimate series: aluminum-clad exterior with wood interior, thermal-pane glass with low-E coating.

3. Lighting and Appliances

[What you can do]

Install compact fluorescent lightbulbs, which use 75 percent less energy than comparable incandescent bulbs. (They also generate less heat, so you can reduce air-conditioning costs.)

[What our featured homeowners did]

Updated Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
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